Chris Powell insists he will lift Huddersfield Town for Sunday's big home clash with Bolton Wanderers after they threw away a two-goal lead at Rotherham United.
The point gained from the 2-2 draw at the New York Stadium was enough to hoist Town up a place to 19th in the Championship.
But disappointed manager Powell, who watched the hosts score in the 88th and 90th minutes, admitted: "It really should have been all three."
Town's 2,609 fans in an 11,681 South Yorkshire crowd were in great voice after James Vaughan, with his first goal in more than a year, and Conor Coady put their side in the driving seat.
"It feels more like a defeat," added Powell. "Our fans travelled in numbers and got what they would have wanted for the majority of the match, because we turned up.
"There was a lot to like and we just needed to see the game out for a win which would have set us up perfectly for the Bolton game.
"It feels more like a defeat, to be honest, but we will pick the players up and we will be ready for another big match against Bolton."
Powell will make checks on striker Grant Holt, who took a knock, and midfielder Jonathan Hogg, who missed the game through illness.
Vaughan came in for his first start since returning from a calf injury and Powell said: "I was pleased to see him get his goal and I thought he did well.
"He gave us a really good 70 minutes or so and set us up nicely, and we really should have managed the game and seen it out.
"Of course you take a point, but it's hard to stomach because the three would have been very welcome. I'm disappointed for the fans.
"You have to take responsibility whether you are two up, two down, or whatever the score is, and for the final few minutes, we didn't.
"We have to learn, but we can't dwell on it because the way the fixtures have fallen, we have to make sure we are ready for a quick next game."
Bolton had veteran striker Emile Heskey, a former England teammate of Powell's, on target in their come-from-behind 2-1 home win over Blackburn.
Neil Lennon's side are 14th and unbeaten in eight games, with their run including a 1-0 home win over Town in late November.